All posts tagged Beth Moore

Breakfast With My Daddy

My daddy and me…

“Okay, Sister. After you peel the potatoes, put them in this,” my daddy said pointing to a metal gadget with a handle. “Then turn this and they come out sliced ready for the frying pan.” Dad shifted his head, faced me, and smiled.

My 8-year-old-self couldn’t help but smile back. When you’re 8 and it’s Saturday morning, you get to watch cartoons AND make breakfast with your Father–well, what’s not to smile about?

In fact, just thinking about those Saturday mornings make me smile now and I’m well into my 50′s.

So when I read Beth Moore’s study of Thessalonians 3:1, and her definition of prayer, I beamed and warmed at the same time. Here’s a quote:

“Prayer is accepting a royal summons to the King for breakfast with your dad.”

Munch on that for a while.

Here’s another quote:

“God loves you. He loves your company. He loves to search the depths of your soul and hear the dreams of your heart. He knows what troubles you when you crawl into bed and what awaits when you crawl out. He knows why you’re scared and where you’re unprepared.”

You know, as great as my earthly father was, sometimes he was too busy for me, or too far away, or maybe just too preoccupied to listen.

But not my heavenly Daddy.

Recently, in our church home group, we discussed prayer. One man I admire in our church prays this way.

Father, we come to you by the blood of Jesus, and through the power of the Holy Spirit.

And it’s not just for Saturdays. We can come anytime we want.

And have breakfast.

And you can skip the cartoons and enjoy the feast.

 

Looking Over the Edge of the Cliff Into Hell

William Booth, the founder of The Salvation Army, once told the young people studying to be officers in his ranks that he wished he could take them to the edge of hell and let them look in.

Do you believe in hell?

I do.

Even if you do, we may have differing opinions of how we get there.

Most people think it is by doing good works or not doing bad works.

That’s not what the Bible says.

The Bible teaches a gospel of grace. God is holy, we are not. We need a Mediator, a Redeemer, a Savior. That’s why Jesus came. To pay the penalty of our sin.

We all sin. Falling short. Running our own lives when we owe our lives to the Almighty. We ignore Him, or rebel against Him, or refuse to believe in Him.

One day, we will see that God is real and His judgment is real.

Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye wrote the New York Times Best sell series titled, “Left Behind.” It describes a time when Christians disappear and a wicked man takes over promising peace–eventually he destroys everything good and sets the world at war.

Horrifying.

There is something worse.

God’s judgment.

Scripture says He will come as a thief in the night. All will be saying peace, peace, and then Christ will appear.

But there’s still time.

Here are two Scriptures I read this morning in my study written by Beth Moore:

The Lord is patient, “not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).

Romans 2:4 states, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance.”

I was going to write a funny blog today, but thought I’d better share with you something that has eternal value.

Why? Because I love you and don’t want to look over that cliff and find you there.

There is time. God is patient. Don’t let your time run out.

How about something funny next week?

If we are still here.

 

Do What Pleases God

The four words hit me like a truck. Max Lucado said them in a devotional. In fact, he said them several times. But it was like I heard them for the first time.

 

Do what pleases God. He wrote a paragraph putting the reader into a difficult situation. How do they deal with it? Do what pleases God. He wrote another paragraph. Then another each ending with Do what pleases God.

 

He said it better, so here’s a link https://maxlucado.com/listen/do-what-pleases-god/

 

His words juxtaposed in my mind with my study in 1 & 2 Thessalonians titled, Children of the Day.”

 

Beth Moore (My new bff) gave examples of walking with God. I looked up references beginning in the first chapter of the Bible, when God walked with Adam.

 

Imagine that.

 

Then she tore through the Old Testament like my puppy tears through slippers. We visited Enoch, Abraham, and a few kings. We ended up walking with two despondent followers on the road to Emaus. Jesus joined them even though they didn’t know it. Their despair turned to delight. And hope.

 

Jesus has a way of doing that.

 

I want to walk with Jesus that way.

 

Beth goes on to say that walking with God is living in His presence.

 

In other words, Do what pleases God.

 

I’ve thought about those words this last week. I’ve prayed them. Meditated on them. Asked forgiveness for not doing them.

 

Sometimes, I make my Christian life a list of do’s and don’ts.

 

But the Great Gospel of Grace pushes me beyond duty to delight.

 

Delight in His Word. Delight in prayer. Delight in walking with Him.

 

Funny, when I do what pleases God, I’m pleased. Joyful even.

 

What about you? Do me a favor. Think about those words this week and tell me about it. I’d love to hear it.

 

In fact, I’m smiling even as I think about it.

 

Do what pleases God.